Steps in casting a circle.

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Steps in casting a circle.
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 9:41pm

I don't want to cast a circle or do anything until I understand what I'm doing or wanting to accomplish. I've read how to cast a circle but the authors seems to think that I know more about how to do it than what they're saying.

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Fri, 05-28-2010 - 4:27pm

Here I point you to the book WICCA - A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham.


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Registered: 09-20-2007
Sat, 05-29-2010 - 2:43pm

1. You can chant as you walk around the circle. You can also dance instead of walk. You can simply chant the names of your deities or you make up a chant. The purpose of the chanting, if you chose to do so, is to help keep your mind focused.

2. Hold your wand or athame in your right hand, pointing down at the circle as you cast it. It is pointed at the edge of the circle as it is being cast, like holding a piece of chalk in your hand and drawing it (which can also be done. You can also define a circle with salt. Sometimes a physical border helps in defining the circle).

3. When you call Quarters you hold your athame or wand and point in the direction of the Quarter itself. You call upon the elements of those particular quarters to be with you within your circle. Here is a chant you can use:

Hail! Guardian of the Watchtower of the (direction)
Powers of (-)
II bid thee come into my circle bright
Protect/Aid me in my magick/sacred Rite


O spirits of the (direction)
Ancient one of (element)
I call you to attend this circle
Charge this by your powers

Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the (direction)
Powers of (element)
I invoke you and call upon you
Be here now

To the (direction), I ask the element of (name) and (name of archangel/totem/deity) to be with me, to guard, guide and witness this magic.

Start with North, which is Earth and Gnomes. Then turn to the East, which is Air and Sylphs. Then turn to the South, which is Fire and Salamanders. And then turn to the West, which is Water and Undines.

4. You can place candles on the floor, but for safety's sake, I'd keep them on the altar. If you're wearing a robe. you don't want to catch it on fire and you don't want to accidentally knock the candle over.

When you are through casting the circle you go to the business of your ritual. When you're done, you need to release the four elements that you called. Some people say that they "dismiss" them, but I think that is a rude word to use. You asked them into your circle; you didn't command them and whether they choose to come is up to them. When you decide that the ritual is over, go back to the North and say farewell to the Gnomes. You can say something like the following:

NORTH: We thank thee, O Spirits of the North for your protection. Help us prepare for change. Hail and Farewell!

WEST: We thank thee, O Spirits of the West for your cleansing. Help us encourage new growth. Hail and farewell!

SOUTH: We thank thee, O Spirits of the South for your purification. Help us destroy the weeds and plant new seeds. Hail and farewell!

EAST: We thank thee, O Spirits of the East for your consecration. Help us see the sacred in all. Hail and farewell!

You then walk around the circle three times counterclockwise which will bring down the circle. Then you have to ground yourself to release the power that you've raised. Literally kneel down and place your hands on the ground/floor and release the power. You'll feel tired afterward and maybe a little dizzy, so make sure you get something to eat and drink. This is where the cakes and ale comes in. Be sure to save some to be placed outside for the elements and faeries.

As for when you cast a circle, you do it when you're casting spells, doing a healing, performing a ritual for the full moon, performing a ritual for a particular Sabbat, etc.

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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 8:22pm

Hi sisterhoney,

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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 10:24pm
Glad that I could help you out, Tommy! While I've stepped down as CL, I'm not leaving iVillage nor this board. I'm moving this summer and hoping to go back into the workforce, so I'm not going to have the time to dedicate to being a CL right now. I'm hoping that once I get settled into my new place and have a job with a regular schedule that I'll have the time that I need to be a CL here on iVillage again.